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Hi there

We are a couple looking to spend 1-2 months snowboarding in Japan (January 2020 and maybe February as well).

We are want to experience the powder japan is famous , experience ‘authentic Japanese’ and also stay on budget.

After tons of reading we are thinking about Myoko and we have a few questions:

Do Myoko ski resorts allow off piste skiing/ snowboard ?

Is Myoko a good place to go to snowboard some good deep powder ?

Does Myoko have any joint seasonal ski pass with other ski resorts in Japan?

Is Myoko a good place to stay on low budget ?

Of course we would love to hear recommendations about other ski resorts that will suit us

Thanks !

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Guy-san

I have not been in recent years, but Myoko is a fine choice for good deep powder. It is famous for being heavy snow region. Of course there are some periods of less perfect, but they generally get some very heavy snowfall and enjoy good condition. 

I do not believe there is season pass with other area, but might be wrong.

I hear Myoko is becoming more popular with inbound market so I do not know how it has/is changing.

Sorry my imperfect English.

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I'd so love to spend a long time in Myoko. As it is, it's day trips plus a bit more every so often. I love Myoko. There's more foreigners around than there used to be but it's still Myoko.  I would imagine that prices are going up, but they're not Niseko-like.

The ski resorts are like elsewhere, though you can take guides into the backcountry.

Great thing about Myoko is that Madarao / Nozawa / Shiga Kogen are also within reach. And Nagano city too.

I'm just jealous.

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I never snowboarded Japan before ( only Europe ) so I don’t know what’s it’s like elsewhere... is it allowd in Myoko ski areas to snowboard off piste without a guide ? I heard it used to be banned around Japan in the past 

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Lots of off-piste options in Myoko, guide or no-guide. Backcountry accidents and fatalities seem to be on the rise in recent years in Japan though. Travel smart in the backcountry!

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